Jan 28, 2019
The Bookseller is a British magazine reporting news on the publishing industry. In 2010 it was acquired from Nielsen by its then Managing Director, Nigel Roby, who is now Chief Executive, Owner and Publisher of the new, expanded entity.
I met with Nigel at The Bookseller's offices across the Thames from the Houses of Parliament, in London. Among other things we talk about the history and purpose of The Bookseller and its related enterprises, telling the trade about new books, informing rivals about their competitors' releases, quasi-catalogues, the Blitz, libraries under pressure, Waterstones, Mr. B's, Toppings and high streets, Tim Waterstones's new memoir, Blackwell's, the leveling off of e-book sales, and the production value of print books, subscription book clubs, and click and collect...plus we mull over some of the hotter topics that today face the book publishing and book-selling businesses.